The Galaxy S might be an outdated Android based smartphone that will no longer receive OTA updates due to hardware limitations, but if you want to test, receive and enjoy the latest features and capabilities available on the Android system, then you can anytime learn how to install a custom ROM firmware on your device. There are several Android 4.3 based firmwares available for your handset, but it is important to choose a stable and smooth platform; such a software is the recently released MacKay JB 4.3 system which is perfectly compatible with the Galaxy S I9000 handsets.
So, if you want to test this new custom update and receive a custom version of Android 4.3 software on your Galaxy then I do recommend you to use this step by step guide for learning how to easily install MacKay custom ROM on your smartphone. As mentioned, the firmware is stable and according to those who have already tested it, the Android 4.3 software is without bugs, issues and is smoothly running on the Galaxy S. Furthermore, MacKay ROM is bringing important stock and extra features, apps and capabilities that are imported from CM10.2 system.
All the featured and capabilities can be used for upgrading the speeds, improving the battery life and for powering up the performances of your Samsung Galaxy S, which means that you have all the reasons for completing this tutorial. But if you want to learn more about this new Android 4.3 based custom ROM, then take a look below where I have posted an image with the main features included on MacKay JB ROM. Next, resume the guidelines from below for learning how to apply the mentioned update on your phone.
The first thing to do when you are about to install a custom ROM is to gain root access. An unofficial firmware can be flashed only on rooted systems, so if you don’t unchain the system of your Galaxy S, you will not be able to update to Android 4.3 OS. On your way do remember that gaining root access is not official and it is also a risky procedure that will void the warranty of your smartphone. If you will want to revert to stock or default Android system you will then have to re-flash the official Android firmware – also manually because on rooted devices the OTA releases can’t be notified.
After completing the root operation you should take care of another task. Also, this procedure is extremely important so don’t skip the same. Anyway, I am talking about replacing the stock recovery image with a custom one. Installing a custom recovery image on your Galaxy S is required because by using the same you will be able to install the custom ROM file from the SD card. I recommend you to choose and apply CWM recovery as this is the most used custom recovery by the Android users regardless the handsets they are using – CWM recovery is suitable with both mid range and high end smartphones and tablets.
Also, when updating your Galaxy S to Android 4.3 with MacKay JB custom ROM a wipe will be required. What does it means? Well, in a few words, everything that is saved on the internal storage memory of your phone will be wiped out / erased. Therefore, the best will be to backup everything that’s important to you including contacts list, call logs, text messages, or EFS folder and current ROM – by making a Nandroid backup. Then return here and complete the rest of the lines from below.
It’s important to know that for the present operation a computer or notebook will be required as well as you Galaxy S and its USB cable. Since the Android 4.3 MacKay JB firmware will be installed via SD card you will first have to download the update package on your computer; because of that I recommend you to deactivate the security protection from the same – don’t worry you will not end up in getting malware programs or worms. Next, you will have to charge the battery of your phone (if the battery level is under 50% of power) and from “menu -> settings -> developer options” you will have to enable USB debugging option. Just don’t forget that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy S model number I9000 and you are good to go.
How to Update Galaxy S I9000 to Android 4.3 with MacKay JB Custom ROM Firmware
- The first thing to do is to download the required files; so from here download the Android 4.3 update file and from here download the Google Apps package.
- Save these files on your computer without extracting the same – just place the files on desktop.
- Now, connect your Galaxy S with the computer as you need to move the same files.
- For establishing the connection, plug in the USB cord.
- Select the update file and the Google apps package and copy-paste or drag and drop the same from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
- Disconnect the phone from the computer by removing the USB cable.
- Now, you need to press the power on button for a few second for turning off your Galaxy S.
- Reboot in recovery mode.
- The first thing to do is to wipe the data and clear the cache; do that by selecting “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to recovery menu and choose “advance” followed by “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Once more return to recovery; this time select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file; flash the same.
- Repeat the same procedure and pick the Google Apps package; install the same.
- In the end, just return to recovery and select “reboot system now”.
Note: the first boot is usually taking longer to complete than usual; if that happens, don’t panic because there is nothing wrong with your smartphone.
Note 2: in case the first boot is actually a boot loop, you will have to return to recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”. Then return to recovery, choose “reboot system now” and you are done.
Congratulations; you have successfully completed our step by step guide. Now your Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. Well, the MacKay custom ROM firmware has been installed on your smartphone, so test the new software and see how it performs on your device. Do share your results and impressions with us by using the comments area from below.